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Purpose: For Decision




15 DECEMBER 2016




Report to




The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan was
submitted to NHS England by the deadline of 21 October 2016. Due to the very tight
timescales imposed by NHS England, the final document became available for
comment only a few days before the submission deadline. This meant that the council
was not in a position to provide any formal endorsement at that point in time.


Subsequently, the plan was released for publication on 23 November 2016 and
Executive is being asked to consider its contents and make a decision as to whether it
wishes to offer such an endorsement or provide any other formal comment on its


This report provides members with an overview of the plan, highlights some of the
concerns that have been identified and presents a number of recommendations that
are available to Executive members for decision making purposes.


It is widely recognised and understood that there are significant funding challenges
within the health and social care sector, largely as a result of a population that is living
longer but also with multiple longer term physical and mental health conditions,
resulting in an ever increasing pressure on public services. If not resolved, it is
acknowledged that the current National Health Service and social care system will fail.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are an initiative driven by NHS
England to address these challenges, with NHS organisations in different parts of the
country being asked to come together to develop place-based plans for the future
sustainable delivery of health and social care services.



As one of the 44 STP areas identified by NHS England, Hampshire and the Isle of
Wight has been established as an area footprint for the development of an STP for
the region.


A report to the Executive on 13 October 2016 highlighted that the Hampshire and Isle
of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan was due to be submitted to NHS
England by their deadline of 21 October 2016. This report also set out the expectation
that there would be an indication of consensus to it from the public sector
organisations responsible for the delivery of health and social care services across the
area. At that point in time however, the final version of the plan was not available to
accompany the report and the indications were that it would not be received until
shortly before the submission deadline.


At the meeting of the Executive, concerns were raised about the very tight, nationally
imposed timescales involved and the potentially significant financial impact on Island
residents that required access to mainland services. Whilst recognising the need to
progress the plan, members agreed that there was not sufficient opportunity to give it
detailed consideration and support before the required submission deadline. As a
consequence, the Chief Executive was authorised, in conjunction with the Executive
members for Adult Social Care and Integration, Public Health and Childrens Services
and the Chairman of the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Sub-Committee to
consider and agree an appropriate response to the plan, on behalf of the council and
for inclusion with the final submission to NHS England. This was duly undertaken.
The response is shown at appendix A for information.


The Hampshire and Isle of Wight - Sustainability and Transformation Plan was
submitted to NHS England on 21 October 2016 and is attached at appendix B for


By way of summary, the plan highlights that the specific challenges for the region are :



The demand for health and social care services is growing at an unsustainable
Whilst people are living longer, they are increasingly spending longer in poor
Too many people are admitted to hospital and stay in hospital longer than they
need to;
In most sectors there is a struggle to recruit and retain sufficient numbers of
staff and to support the continued professional development and quality of
practice amongst staff;
There is a projected gap between the funding available and the cost of
delivering NHS services of 577m by 2020/21 with an additional funding gap in
social care of 192m;

In order to address these challenges, the STP document identifies six core delivery
programmes for the priority work that is necessary to improve outcomes for residents;
improve satisfaction levels and deliver financial sustainability. These are:



Prevention at Scale - investing in prevention and supporting people to look

after their own health
New Care Models strengthening and investing in primary and community
Effective Patient Flow and Discharge - simplifying the urgent and emergency
care system
Solent Acute Alliance - improving the quality of hospital services
Mental Health Alliance - making tangible improvements to mental health
North & Mid Hampshire Configuration - creating a financially sustainable
health system for the future

These work strands are underpinned by four enabling programmes:




Digital Infrastructure to give patients control of their information and how it

is used and to build a fully integrated digital health and social care record and
infrastructure to allow staff to access from any location;
Estate Infrastructure Rationalisation to provide an estate infrastructure
needed to deliver new models of care and deliver savings;
Workforce to ensure that the right people, skills and capabilities are available
to support a transformed health and social care system;
New Commissioning Models To reduce unnecessary duplication of
commissioning activities and secure cost reductions in expenditure through
working at scale.

The key components of a future model for the delivery of health and social care across
the region therefore are:



To empower people to live a healthy life by being supported to proactively

self-manage their own health and are supported to stay well via preventative
New models of care through extended primary care teams who wrap care
around the person making it easy to access and receive tailored support in the
Specialist Care being easy to access and people receiving the best quality and
most innovative care available to them through more effective pathways of care;
Improved care for acutely unwell people through an alliance of acute and
mental health providers to make the most of limited available resources.


The STP recognises the Island faces unique challenges because of its small
population. This means that some health services have only a low throughput of
patients, thus making the unit costs of providing those services much higher. This also
provides difficulties for specialist staff to maintain and build their skills. There are also
difficulties with recruitment and retention in the areas of general practice, nursing,
consultants and care workers, with a number of gaps in speciality areas, which only
exacerbates the situation.


The STP therefore proposes an alliance of NHS trusts in the Solent area, for the
sharing of services, with the aim of creating seven day a week services that are of
high quality and safe and sustainable for the future. The plan envisages a service by
service review which will seek to establish the right balance between travel for highly

specialist inpatient services and local care for outpatient services. It recognises that
for some residents of the Isle of Wight, they may need to travel further for the care
they need than they currently do.

Underpinning the delivery of the STP is a governance structure to oversee the delivery
of the plans key activities and actions. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight footprint
consists of 20 different statutory bodies and four health and well-being boards. Whilst
each statutory body will retain its own accountabilities and decision making structures,
there is an inevitable need for collaboration and accountability for the delivery of the
plan as a whole. It is considered that there will be significant challenges with such a
model and so many partners being involved. It is unclear at this point in time how
these challenges will be operationally managed but it is proposed that there will be:

An overarching health and well-being committee that will take a central role in
providing strategic oversight of the transformation agenda across the
Hampshire and Isle of Wight footprint.


An executive delivery group (underpinned by a number of operational delivery

groups) that will monitor the progress of the core programmes set out earlier,
hold each member organisation to account for the delivery of the plan and take
decisions in respect of transformation funding.
Each of the statutory
organisations will have membership of this forum.


NHS Englands Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, set out the
ambition to improve health, care and efficiency within the allocated resources to local
health and care systems made available by central government. This determined the
need for local health and social care organisations to work in partnership. In
December 2015, NHS England outlined Sustainability and Transformation Plans as a
mechanism, by which working in partnership could be formalised to ensure that health
and care services are built around the needs of local populations and to establish the
changes necessary to enable services to become sustainable in the longer term.


As such this establishes a direct link to the councils corporate priority to protect the
most vulnerable with health and social care, investing in support, prevention and
continuing care. It specifically relates to the priority outcome to secure a whole system
approach to health and social care on the Island that is affordable and delivers
improved health and social care outcomes to people through a person centred


The timescales and process for the completion and submission of sustainability and
transformation plans was set nationally by NHS England. These timescales have
been extremely tight, which has prevented comprehensive and meaningful
consultation to take place with all stakeholders. Whilst local authorities have been
involved with the processes that have informed the production of the Hampshire and
Isle of Wight STP, the overwhelming health representation amongst the partner
agencies has inevitable led to the focus of the STP being on the significant challenges
faced by the health sector.


The speed at which plan has by necessity, been developed, has also meant that there
has been little opportunity for consultation with other stakeholders and that which has
happened has been very limited, light on detail and rushed. Some emerging
developments have, however, been considered by the councils Health and Adult
Social Care Scrutiny Sub- Committee at its meetings in June, August and October


The published plan was also considered at the meeting of the Islands Health and
Well-Being Board on 29 November 2016. Concerns were highlighted at the continued
lack of detail in the plan, particularly in respect of the proposed delivery at a local level;
the lack of detailed consultation; little opportunity for involvement and influence of local
authorities, resulting in insufficient focus on social care challenges and needs and
there having been no opportunity for comment from members of the public. Specific
concern was also highlighted about the need for greater consideration to be given to
the position of Island residents who will be disproportionally affected by services being
only available on the mainland. Calls were made for mitigation of any additional costs
of travel that may be necessary and a sharing of the impact of travel to the mainland
across the region.


The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board agreed to send a joint letter setting out
the Boards response to the STP; the text of this letter is currently being agreed and
will be circulated to the Executive if it is available before the meeting.



There are currently no explicit or direct financial implications to the council from the
publication of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP. This is in part due to the lack of
specific detail about how the plan may be delivered. Ultimately if the plan is to be
successful it should help to address the significant shortfall in funding for local
authority care, currently estimated to be 192m across the four upper tier local
authorities covered by the STP.


If the council continues to align its available resources for social care against the
overarching principles of the plan, for integrated health and social care which seeks to
improve outcomes for Island residents, then there are potential savings to be delivered
across the system and future sustainability secured. However, whilst the plan remains
a strategic overview and without detailed operational plans, it is difficult to establish at
this stage where there may be strains placed upon local authority finances as a result
of proposed activities.


NHS England is making funds available to underpin the delivery of the approved
strategic and transformational funds. The HIOW STP indicates a requirement of
119m revenue support from this fund and an additional 195m in capital funds for the
successful delivery of the plan.


There is no statutory duty which requires the council to be involved in the

development, approval or delivery of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP. However,
to do so ensures that as far as is reasonably possible, the council can represent the

interests of Island residents to ensure their needs for health and social care are
properly taken account of in the STP. Involvement with the STP process is also
consistent with the councils corporate priority, to protect the most vulnerable with
health and social care, investing in support, prevention and continuing care.

The Care Act 2014 and its statutory guidance requires local authorities to make
provision for the promotion of integrated working in services provided by the NHS and
other health related services, when carrying out their care and support responsibilities.
A similar duty is replicated within health meaning that engagement and involvement
with the STP processes is a key element of work already under progress to pursue
health and social care integration.



The council and all of the other public bodies in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP
footprint have to meet the statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to have
due regard to eliminate unlawful discrimination, promote equal opportunities between
people from different groups and to foster good relations between people who share a
protected characteristic and people who do not share it. The protected characteristics
are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy
and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


Under the Equality Act 2010 we are required to have due regard to our equality duties
when making decisions, reviewing services, undertaking projects, developing and
reviewing policies. Each of the proposals set out in the STP document will therefore
need to be formally reviewed and be subject to equality impact assessments.


To note the content of the HIOW STP document as submitted to NHS England


To endorse the HIOW STP document.


Not to endorse the HIOW STP document


To continue to lobby NHS England to ensure that the needs of Island residents are
fully taken into account


To indicate continued engagement with the HIOW STP process but reserve any
judgement until the impact on the Island has been fully identified.


The council has under the Care Act and related guidance, a statutory duty to promote
integrated working and service delivery with health and other health related services.
The intention being to transform and improve outcomes for our population as well as
to enable overstretched services become more financial sustainable. Whilst it has
become clear that the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP document is largely focussed
on the urgent financial challenges faced by the health sector in the region, at its heart
are the principles that health and social care integration is an essential component of

system wide sustainability. It is important therefore that the council remains engaged
and involved in the STP development as it moves towards becoming operationalised.

The enormity of the task to develop a region wide strategic transformation and
sustainability plan within a heavily constrained, nationally imposed timescale has
presented its challenges for meaningful consultation and local authority engagement.
Whilst the council may not necessarily consider it feasible to afford full endorsement to
the proposals as a result of the concerns highlighted, it is never the less important to
understand and note the direction of travel as well as to continue to champion and
represent the adult social care needs of the Islands community.


In its most recent publication, Adult Social Care Funding: 2016 State of the Nation
report the Local Government Association set out that, adult social care is an
absolutely vital public service that supports some of our most vulnerable people and
promotes the wellbeing and independence of many more. For too long the service
has too often been seen by decision-makers as an adjunct to the NHS, rather than a
service of equal importance. A lack of recognition in terms of profile has combined
with a lack of recognition in terms of funding to place our care and support system
under enormous pressure.


Sustainability and Transformation Plans were intended as one vehicle by which local
authorities and the health sector could work closely together to address the significant
pressures in both sectors, allow the best and most productive use of all available
resources and ensure the independence and wellbeing every individual in the


It is a matter for debate whether the HIOW STP, in its current form, achieves this
objective or whether this judgement can only be made when the further detail, that is
inevitably needed to fully understand the implications of the plan, is available. At the
same time the need for the council to be involved with the development of the detailed
delivery plans is inevitable in order to protect and preserve the needs of the Island
residents and be clear about the likely impact on the councils plans for the delivery of
its social care services.


The lack of wider public involvement in the development and delivery of the HIOW
STP (this would seem to be common to all STPs) also raises some concerns about
the robustness and deliverability of the plan itself and whether it has taken account of
all of the issues it needs to address in its thinking for the future delivery of these
services across the HIOW geography. The plans recent publication is intended to be
the beginning of a wider public engagement process with the plan, to be led; it would
seem, by the individual partners. This in itself is likely to uncover significant
challenges that could impact on the content of the plan and how it is to be


Noting the content of the STP document would provide assurance of the recognition of
the importance of the initiative and its underpinning objectives to improve the health
and well-being of the Islands population. Whilst the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP
document has now been finalised and formally submitted to NHS England, it is clear
that a number of concerns remain which would make it difficult to offer full

endorsement of the plan in its current form. It would also signal continued
commitment to work with the partners in the STP to ensure the Islands needs are
properly accounted for and to the work already underway to develop integrated health
and social care services on the Island as a means to improve outcomes for Island

To endorse the STP document would signal that the council understands the
challenges faced within the health sector and supports the actions it considers
necessary to respond to them. It would not however address the concerns highlighted
in this report, nor give assurance that the needs of adult social care have been taken
into account and the mitigation secured for the Islands population if more travel is
needed to the mainland for treatment. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP
document is now finalised and the formal submission to NHS England and subsequent
document publication signals that there is unlikely to be any changes to its content.
There is an intention that there will be detailed operational plans developed and a
service by service review undertaken during implementation and a commitment to
minimise the impact for Island residents as a result of changes that are to be
implemented in pursuit of improving the quality of service provision.


Not to endorse the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP document would send a strong
indication to NHS England that the council is not prepared to accept the plan in its
current format. It would also signal that the concerns highlighted in this report are such
that, assurance would be needed that they will be adequately addressed before any
endorsement could be afforded. However, given the severity of the financial situation
within the health and social care sector and the very real future unsustainability of
service provision, it is unlikely that such an approach would materially change the
development and implementation of the plan. The issues it seeks to address are real
and current and the health and care system needs to respond to these challenges
now. In addition, the statutory duties placed upon the NHS and local authorities to
pursue integration of services, would inevitably hinder the ability to undertake the
necessary transformation required to improve outcomes for Island residents.
Continued lobbying of NHS England to ensure that the needs of the Island population,
for both health and social care, are adequately taken into account is therefore an
important and on-going necessity.


To indicate continued engagement with the HIOW STP process but reserve any
judgement until the impact on the Island has been fully identified does not commit the
council to making a formal stance on the STP document and allows further opportunity
to understand and consider the impact for Island residents as the operational delivery
plans are developed and consulted upon. This will provide space for members to
engage further with stakeholders and seek further views in order to formulate a more
considered opinion as to whether it can reach a position of full endorsement of the
plan in the future.


It is clear that the future sustainability of health and social care services are under
severe threat. As such, doing nothing is no longer an option. Much progress has
been made in the pursuit of health and social care integration on the Island as a
means by which to deliver a new model of care which not only improves outcomes for
those who need to access services but which can reduce costs within the system.
NHS England through its five year vision has introduced the initiative of sustainability
and transformation plans to be a vehicle for such transformation to take place in

response to the financial challenges faced by the National Health Service. Integral to
this approach is the need for collaboration and integration of health and social care

Unfortunately, as a result of the speed at which such plans have been required to be
developed and submitted to NHS England, this has meant that insufficient opportunity
has been afforded for local authorities to be fully engaged and indeed for any
meaningful consultation to take place. The receipt of the final draft of the Hampshire
and Isle of Wight STP document was only a few days before submission to NHS
England which meant that it was not possible to give full consideration to the
proposals or indeed to afford any endorsement to the document. The plan has
subsequently been made publicly available, enabling further consideration to be given
to the councils position in respect of endorsement. Activities undertaken to seek such
views has highlighted a number of concerns and members will now need to consider
whether they have sufficient information upon which to determine if they are in a
position to offer such endorsement.

Executive are recommended to adopt options (c) and (d)

Option (c) Not to endorse the HIOW STP document and

Option (d) To continue to lobby NHS England to ensure that the needs of Island
residents are fully taken into account


Appendix A - Isle of Wight Council response to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight
sustainability and transformation plan submission to NHS England.


Appendix B - Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan

(As Previously Circulated to all Elected Members on 24 November 2016)


NHS Englands Five Year Forward View

Contact Point: Claire Shand, Head of Resources,

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Chief Executive


Deputy Leader and Executive Member for
Adult Social Care and Public Health